Archive for March, 2012

SE Oak Street Sewer Replacement Project – DELAYED

March 30, 2012

We recently received this e-mail from the city about the SE Oak sewer replacement project.

SE Oak Street Sewer Replacement Project Delayed
April 1, 2012
Contact: Joe Annett, 503-823-2934 or

Environmental Services has delayed this project until spring or summer 2013. The city was not able to secure all the easements necessary to begin construction this summer. The project now scheduled for next year will replace sewer lines in poor condition on SE Oak Street between SE 10th and SE 18th avenues.

Email with “SE Oak Sewer Project” in the subject line to receive future project updates by email. You can also find current project information at

Regional Green Building Hotline

March 30, 2012

We were recently contacted about a hotline service available to homeowners who are looking for information on green home strategies. Read on for details.

Going Green and Saving Resources
Metro, the City of Portland, Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties offer a community resource serving our region: the Regional Green Building Hotline.  For over four years, the Hotline has provided practical tips and useful information about green home strategies, including resources and incentives for new and existing commercial and residential projects in the region.  The Hotline has answered thousands of questions about ways to reduce your carbon footprint, renewable energy, indoor air quality, salvage, doing more with less, training workshops and more.  The free service is a bridge to the information you need to help you begin, wherever you are.

Inquiries are welcomed from homeowners, renters, real estate professionals, non-profits, contractors, students, developers, business owners and design professionals in the tri-county area. It is the Hotline’s intent to inspire callers to incorporate as many sustainable choices, either material or behavioral, into their projects as they would like.  The Hotline can also help callers overcome perceived barriers and obstacles around green building.

Green Building Questions Answered Here!
Looking for effective ways to save money on utility bills? Which local green programs and incentives are available to me today? What is the WaterSense label? How can I retrofit my house to healthily age-in-place?  Where can I attend a free class to build a rain garden?

Can I get a rebate for planting a tree? Does my new water heater qualify for a tax credit?

Try this free community service from Metro, City of Portland, Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties.

Regional Green Building Hotline 503.823.5431
A service within the Green Development Resource Center

Facebook ~ Green Development Resource Center
Twitter ~ @greenhotline

Save the date for the 11th Annual City of Portland Build It Green! Home Tour on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

Clean Energy Works Oregon Rebate Program

March 30, 2012

Clean Energy Works Oregon (CEWO) is a non-profit program established to reduce energy waste by working with homeowners to make improvements to their homes’ energy efficiency. The program includes no-money-down financing.

CEWO partners with local businesses to perform the work on your home. One of those businesses is Hammer & Hand. Hammer & Hand recently contacted us about publicizing a rebate that CEWO is currently offering. Read on for details.

Clean Energy Works Oregon “Spring Bonus” Ends April 30th

Hammer & Hand and Clean Energy Works Oregon are partnering up to help Portland homeowners improve the energy efficiency and livability of their homes by offering free “whole-house” assessments and incentives in the form of rebates reaching $2500 and no money down financing.

Hammer & Hand’s free “whole-house” assessment helps owners identify ways to make their homes more energy efficient and comfortable, like installing new insulation or upgrading an old heating and cooling system.

To receive the maximum level of instant rebate on your home’s energy remodel sign up for Clean Energy Works Oregon’s $500 Spring Bonus before it expires on April 30th. To sign up, visit Hammer and Hand’s Clean Energy Works Oregon’s web page (, click on the Clean Energy Works Oregon button and fill out the form using rebate code “CNHHA”.

Questions? You can reach Hammer & Hand’s Home Performance Team at 503.894.1198.

TONIGHT: Meeting at SEUL about proposed new Portland Housing Bureau policy

March 19, 2012

This in from Christine Yun, a Buckman resident and Buckman Historic Association member:

The Portland Housing Bureau is proposing new areas to receive incentives that would expand a program that gives private developers 10 years free of taxes when they build new market rate apartment structures as long as they include some affordable housing.

The new areas include significant portions of Belmont and Morrison Streets in Buckman. You can see the map here.

This topic will be discussed tonight at the month SE Uplift Land Use and Sustainability Committee meeting. Details below:

SE Uplift
3534 SE Main Street

This is a link to a page on the Portland Housing Bureau’s website with more information on the tax incentive policy:

Update: We’ve received an info sheet with more details on the PHB policy.